Hallie Randall Elementary is a wonderful place to work and learn. Students are happy, hard working, and persistent. Teachers are excellent, knowledgeable, caring and encouraging. Parents are supportive and involved. Mix all that and you get an exemplary campus.
ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM
Reading is one of the most important skills children will ever learn. The children who read well-and love to read-will excel in school and achieve personal growth. The staff at Hallie Randall Elementary is committed to this belief. Accelerated Reading (AR) is a computer based reading motivational system currently used by more than 40,000 schools in North America.
Accelerated Reading has three main objectives:
1) to dramatically improve student reading performance, as measured by standardized tests,
2) to improve student's critical-thinking skills,
3) to instill in students a lifelong love of reading.
To encourage our reading program, each six weeks students set an individual goal for AR. At the end of the six weeks, we have a party to celebrate their success. Also, students work to meet individual “step” goals throughout the year and receive recognition. Below is the AR “Step” Awards.
1st and 2nd grade
Accelerated Reading Rewards
10 points Bookmark
20 points Eraser
30 points Pencil
40 points Pen
50 points Lunch with the Teacher
60 points Key Chain
70 points Lunch with the Superintendent
80 points Ice Cream Pass
90 points T-Shirt
100 points Principal for the Day
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Accelerated Reading Rewards
15 points Bookmark
30 points Eraser
45 points Pencil
60 points Pen
75 points Water Bottle
90 points Lunch with the Teacher
105 points Gel-Pen
120 points Free admission to 1 home FISD sporting event
135 points Sunglasses
150 points Key Chain
165 points Lunch with the Superintendent
180 points Ice Cream Pass
195 points T-Shirt
210 points Principal for the Day
CEI LEARINING LAB
This is a multi-sensory lab to help struggling readers, student’s with dyslexia, and ESL students. It incorporates technology and one-on-one intervention to help improve reading skills.
"STAR" LAB AND TUTORIALS
Using an array of technology programs, students strengthen their reading, math, writing, and skills. Students work at their own pace during a tutorial time in the instructional day in their area of need.
"EYP"-EXTEND YOUR POTENTIAL
This is an after school program during our second semester. Students who are having difficulty after the first semester are offered the opportunity for an after-school tutorial. The focus for this program is to reach and assist students struggling in reading and math.
GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM
All teachers at Hallie Randall Elementary are Gifted and Talented certified. Kindergarten through fifth grade participate in this active program independently, with their grade level peers, and with their G/T peers. The curriculum in all of the elementary classes focuses on the development of theses abilities:
1. Stimulation of curiosity and interest
2. Development of creative cognitive ability
3. Development of leadership skills
4. Development of independence
5. Development of self-expression
6. Provisions for a rapid pace of learning
7. Integration of math, science, social studies, and language arts
Nominations to this program may be made by teachers or parents. Students must qualify to enter the program. Students are tested twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Contact the elementary office for nomination forms.
"FLUENCY FRIENDS", FLUENCY "FRY" PHRASES, and MATH PHRASES
Hallie Randall Elementary feels it is very important to incorporate many strategies to help students achieve reading success. Reading fluency is just one step towards learning to read, but an important one. This program allows students to improve their fluency in reading.
When a child can identify the first list of words in random order, he/she tells the teacher. The teacher checks for accuracy. The teacher will have the student complete an "I am ready" form. The student is then allowed to go to another teacher’s classroom and recite the word list. This is done Monday through Thursday from 8:05 am to 8:30 am. Each student must be able to have automatic recognition of each word and pronounce each word correctly. A surprise word is given to the student in which he/she must use it correctly in a sentence. If the student is successful; they are allowed to get the next list of words and are recognized on the morning announcements.
This program is for grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade. They begin with “fluency friends”, progress to fluency “fry” phrases, and then end with math phrases. All students completing each unit are awarded by having their names announced in morning announcements and receiving recognition during each six weeks awards program.
CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM
We realize that learning is hindered when students do not possess the character traits needed to work cooperatively and independently. We recognize that teacher-student and student-student interactions must be structured with care-especially when dealing with behavior issues and their underlying character traits, values and attitudes. Our campus believes in character education and encourages all students to make good choices in everything they do.
Our wonderful librarians work to provide our students with activities that promote reading. It helps children understand that reading can be fun and fundamental to success in life. We want our students to become life long readers. We invite various guest readers, special interactive activities, and special reading days to promote reading among our students.
SIX WEEKS AWARDS PROGRAM
At the end of each six weeks, we recognize and honor those students who have excelled. We invite parents and the community to attend. Our students are honored in the following areas:
- A Honor Roll
- Honor Roll
- Perfect Attendance
- Met AR goal for the six weeks
- Fluency Friends
- AR Step Award
- Citizenship Award
- Character Award
- Highest AR percentage for the six weeks
- Highest AR points for the six weeks
- Team Player Award
- Highest percentage of attendance by class
- Classes who reach 97% attendance
OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF:
Technology is an integral part of Hallie Randall Elementary. Staff and faculty have been trained in the latest instructional techniques. All classrooms have LCD projectors, document cameras, three networked computers, have wireless access, and access to digital cameras. We also have four “COWS”. “COWS” are computers on wheels. Each “COW” has 20 full-size laptop computers, a printer, and are wireless accessible. We also have one “COW” of 22 mini-laptops. These “COWS” are available to be checked out and used in the classroom at any time. Also, five of our classrooms are equipped with touch interactive boards. Our teachers strive to give the best in technology instruction to our students so they will be successful in their future.
All of our instructional aides have been trained to work with individuals or small groups. They work on letter and numbers recognition, fluency word lists, Accelerated Reading tests, assist during center time and much, much more. This additional assistance helps reinforce concepts the students have been unable to retain or master from classroom instruction.
Every child is encouraged to maximize his/her potential by being involved with instruction in an inclusive classroom setting. Special education teachers and general education teachers work and plan together to best meet the needs of the child.
PARENTS and COMMUNITY:
We welcome volunteers on our campus. We love volunteers at HRE!!! Parents and community volunteers of all ages are a great resource for us. They give of their time to individuals and small groups needing that little extra attention or assistance. Our volunteers are valuable. Please contact the elementary office if you are interested.